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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 211-213

Ulcerated infantile haemangioma of leg successfully treated with propranolol


1 Department of Pediatric Dermatology, KK Child's Trust Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.91257

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Infantile haemangioma (IH) frequently requires no intervention. Eighty percent of IHs are focal and solitary. Fifteen percent of cutaneous haemangiomas occur on the extremities. A large size or a specific location or both may carry complications such as ulceration which is one of the main complications, and active treatment is usually required to manage pain, potential scarring, and occasionally, bleeding and infection. Oral propanolol is used in the treatment of IH and is found to be an effective treatment for complicated IH, replacing systemic corticosteroids as first-line therapy. Recommendations for instituting treatment with propranolol in infants differ among different specialties and academic centres. We report an infant with ulcerated IH of leg who responded dramatically to treatment with propranolol in 4 months.


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